Life has its ups and downs. There are periods that will be more hectic and crazy than others. Things won’t always go your way. During these times, it can really help you to learn some coping strategies.
There are some simple ways to stay calm when chaos erupts in your life. Having a settled mind and looking at things from a less frazzled state can truly help you to make clear-headed decisions. Keep these in mind next time life gets turn upside down.
If you missed yesterday’s post about how your bedroom effects your sleep and overall wellbeing, be sure to check it out below.
Meditation has the power to change your mood almost instantly! It’s free to do and you can meditate almost anywhere. Calming your mind from the chaos is the first and most important step in changing your mood from overwhelmed to peaceful and happy. Haven’t meditated before? It’s easy to learn! Check out the post below for a step by step guide to meditation for beginners.
Count to Ten
It may sound too good to be true, but this strategy really works. Just count slowly from one to ten. Try to breathe deeply as you do, as this will enhance the effects. This little trick can help you to quickly gain control of your emotions and feel calmer in a pinch.
Close Your Eyes
Yep. Shutting your eyes for a moment blocks out a great deal of the stimuli that are currently vying for your attention. This brief period of visual stillness will allow you to gather your thoughts and to calm yourself.
Move Your Body
Exercise is a fantastic way to get your blood flowing and your heartbeat racing. You’ll also amp up the productions of endorphins in your body, providing you with extra energy to attack your issues. You don’t have to do a full-blown exercise to benefit, though. Taking a leisurely stroll might actually be best during times when you need to chill out. This relaxing activity gets you moving, literally. It can remove you from a stressful environment and give you fresh perspective.
Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation
An effective strategy for releasing stress from your body without having to exercise, or even move out of your chair, is progressive muscle relaxation. This practice involves tensing and releasing the stress from every muscle group in your body. You can start with your head and work your way downward. Tense up the muscles in your face, hold for a few seconds and then release. This exercise can be completed in just a few minutes, and you’ll feel tons better when it’s over.
Listen to Some Music
A soothing tune can be relaxing. Up tempo beats add energy when you need a boost. Perhaps something with meaningful lyrics might improve your mood. Whatever you choose, music can have a profound effect on your feelings and is a good option to rely on when you want to calm down or feel better.
Take a Bath
Lying in a bath of warm water can be quite soothing to the soul for many. It’s relaxing and can actually seem to transport you to another place. This is especially true when you add bubbles and a nice scent. Aromatherapy will add yet another layer to this soothing routine.
Help Someone Else
Do something for someone else. When things don’t go my way, I like to help someone else out. I instantly feel better, which brings me more positive results! I have never felt worse after helping someone. I’ve only felt better after:) Being of service to others is a great way to lift your spirits and those around you:)
It could be as simple as a compliment to a stranger or paying for the person behind you at the drive through. Maybe listening to someone else’s problems and trying to help them or volunteering to help someone in need. Doing good, feels good!
These are just a handful of ways to stay positive when you’re stressed out. Choose the ones that resonate with you, and give them a try the next time you feel overwhelmed or when life is chaotic.